The Wild West

7 Days / 6 Nights / 1155km / $1820usd*

*Solo rider with private room, share options available
Hit the blacktop, redtop, and gravel goodness in gorgeous northwest Cambodia while hugging the border of Thailand. Mountains and jungles and waterfalls — Oh, my!

Day 1 | Siem Reap – Induction Day | 50km

At 8:00am, our driver will pick you up from the hotel and bring you to JRHQ for induction, which includes a safety briefing, ride overview and intro to the bikes. Please bring your riding gear along with you.

We hit the road for a quick induction ride — this is just to get to know each other, the bikes, and the riding conditions. We return to JRHQ by around midday and you are free for the afternoon.

We meet up again at 6:30pm for dinner followed by a visit to the amazing Phare Cambodian Circus, which is not to be missed!

 

Day 2 | Siem Reap – Battambang | 242km

We depart early from JRHQ to beat the heat and the traffic. The first part of the morning ride is on a mix of paved, sealed road (blacktop) and trail (hard-packed red-dirt, commonly known as redtop road). We stop at a local snack spot where the treats are possibly more photogenic than palatable!

We curve our way through picturesque rice fields, past brightly painted pagodas and cruise in tourist-free towns on our way to Battambang, avoiding one of the busiest and notoriously broken highways in the west. These alternate routes are a destination as well as a journey — they are THAT enjoyable to ride!

Trail: Blacktop, redtop, gravel

Daily Inclusions: Accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

Day 3 | Battambang – Pailin | 225km

Our route this morning takes us south of Battambang, towards the foot of the Cardamom Mountains. We explore some remote trails and villages and perhaps discover a lost waterfall or two.

As we head back towards the lowlands, we enjoy some fun riding on very new and quite empty blacktop roads. We stop at a local scenic picnic spot for lunch before making our way to Pailin, where we stay for two nights.

Trail: Blacktop, redtop, gravel

Daily Inclusions: Accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, entry fees

 

Day 4 | Pailin — Half-Day Explore/Rest | 69km

Today is an optional exploration ride — either in the afternoon or morning, depending on the season. We explore hidden trails heading deep into the jungle, offering beautiful views into remote parts of Thailand and the Cardamom Mountains.

We have no real destination today — just ride and survey the incredible landscape. If you wish to have a rest and enjoy the salt water pool and facilities at Memoria, this is also an option.

Trail: Blacktop, redtop, gravel

Daily Inclusions: Accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

Day 5 | Pailin – Banteay Chhmar | 255km

Departing early, we strike north, following the Thailand border on mostly blacktop roads — enjoyable and scenic riding awaits! We reach Phnom Proek by mid-morning, an area famous for it’s limestone caves and spectacular views. The best Kouey Tieu noodle soup in the region (possibly all of Cambodia) is at the apex of the gorgeous ride winding through the mountains.

We meander side-trails through plantations, reaching civilisation by lunchtime. Nice roads lead us to the remote Banteay Chhmar temple group, still seldom visited by travellers. We take some time to explore this area with a local Community Based Tour guide before enjoying a delicious and unique dining experience.

Our accommodation is a local homestay organised by the Banteay Chhmar Community Based Tourism group supporting local families.

Trail: Blacktop, redtop, gravel

Daily Inclusions: Accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, entry fees

 

Day 6 | Banteay Chhmar – Anlong Veng | 192km

We start the morning on good, blacktop roads before breaking away onto the red escarpment road. We make a stop to visit the Monks Community Forest to meet the venerable heroes who are tasked with protecting the reserve.

In the afternoon, we visit some intriguing relics of the Khmer Rouge before finishing up the day at a local guesthouse.

Trail: Blacktop, redtop, gravel

Daily Inclusions: Accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, entry fees

 

Day 7 | Siem Reap | 122km

After breakfast, we hit the road before breaking away from the main road into some lovely, shaded rubber plantations. We visit ACCB (Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity), a wildlife rescue effort that does essential work to help endangered Cambodian animals and birds.

Back on the bikes for the final run into Siem Reap, we reach JRHQ by early afternoon. We meet again for the final dinner and farewell.

Trail: Blacktop, gravel.

Daily Inclusions: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, entry fees

Inclusions

  • Arrival Transfer
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Experienced ride leader
  • Support mechanic
  • Reliable, well-maintained bikes + SHAD panniers
  • Fuel
  • Drinks on tour (excluding alcohol)
  • Meals (Bx2, Lx3, Dx3)
  • Tool-kit
  • First-aid kit
  • Support vehicle if over 4 riders
  • Entry fees and activities as mentioned

Exclusions

  • Flights
  • Cambodian tourist visa
  • Personal riding gear (helmet, jacket, boots, gloves)
  • Personal insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Pre and post ride accommodation

Essentials

The following items should be carried on your person at all times when on tour:

  • Passport (with 2 spare passport photos)
  • Motorcycle drivers license
  • International driver’s permit
  • Personal insurance card
  • Credit card or access to emergency funds
  • Medical advice card (if any)
  • Personal medication (if any)
  • Daily cash (at least US$ 20 per day for personal use, in small denominations)
  • Emergency cash (US$ 500)

*US$ currency must be in good condition, not ripped or torn, or it may be rejected by vendors

Personal Safety Gear

It can be hot and dusty on the roads in Cambodia, which is notoriously tough on gear!

The following items are essential for your personal safety and comfort:

  • Motorcycle helmet, DOT approved (full-face recommended)
  • Sunglasses for eye protection (polarised recommended)
  • Clear/tinted glasses for low light conditions
  • Riding jacket (textile, perforated leather, leather)
  • Riding gloves
  • Long pants or riding pants
  • Leather boots to cover your ankles

*If you are unsure about the gear you have, or would like our advice, please connect with us on LIVE chat or drop us an email

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